In the restaurant industry, Saru Jayaraman is fighting for each and every employee. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC in New York, which has organized restaurant workers to win workplace justice campaigns, conduct research and policy work, partner with responsible restaurants, and launch cooperatively-owned restaurants. ROC now has 10,000 members in 19 cities nationwide. The story of Saru and her co-founder’s work founding ROC has been chronicled in the book The Accidental American. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section in 2005, and was named one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” in 2008, 1010 WINS’s “Newsmaker of the Year,” and one of New York Magazine’s “Influentials” of New York City. Saru co-edited The New Urban Immigrant Workforce, and authored “Behind the Kitchen Door” talked about in the interview below.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down #InTheLab with the inspirational Saru Jayaraman right after her appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher to talk about her new book “Behind The Kitchen Door”, why and how she started her incredible organization Roc United, the battle she is fighting to help restaurant workers, and so much more!
Here she is on Real Time with Bill Maher chatting about her book and passionate fight for restaurant workers: